As some of you might have noticed, I finally got some time to livestream Secret World Legends last night!!! 😀 I’ve been *so* excited to be able to do that…but my work schedule was crazy during Head Start, plus I’m recovering from an especially nasty cold. Many thanks to everyone who hung out. 🙂 It was a lot of fun for me to get back to streaming, especially with this game, and I hope fun for you! (I’ll get the stream up on Youtube sometime today, and post that here, too.)
I’d mentioned I was going to try to livestream a little today for the official launch, but I think too much is going to get in the way. My voice is still pretty bad this morning, so it’s probably smarter to give it more of a rest. I also noticed my audio was a little off last night, I’m going to need time to play around with OBS and see what happened there. >_> I’m not really going to have time for that since I need to spend today on last minute cleaning and prep for Nash flying in tomorrow. (You folks can thank him for building this pc, allowing me to stream SWL on Ultra graphic settings. ^_^)
While he’s here, I’m unlikely to stream, though I’ll tweet if I change my mind. And I should still be there for Beyond The Veil this Thursday. 🙂 Blogging is also on pause for the moment, unless I get a little time later tonight. (And yes, will set up a new Secret World Legends category Soon(tm).)
We’ll pick this up again in about a week, most likely starting from scratch with a new character. In the meantime, Djinn has been putting together a list of folks streaming or planning to stream Secret World Legends which can be found here: https://www.reddit.com/r/SecretWorldLegends/comments/6ila1m/secret_world_legends_streamer_index/. We have an awesome community, and I’m sure many of them will be streaming as much as they can!
Nope, legitimately no idea why the song’s in my head. I hope I didn’t already use that title last year…but it’s possible I did. >_>
Just a quick update post – no, I haven’t thrown in the Blaugust towel. I initially decided not to promise any specific post frequency and suspect I was right to do so. We’ve been short at work for one reason or another, for most of the last week. Combine that with having some pretty important things I either need or want to spend time on, and I chose to step back for a while. (Some of it’s unexpected awesome, and some not-awesome. As it goes.)
Let this be one of those reminder posts – it’s okay to step back, and then come back when you can.
On the plus side, my original goal was to do *something* related to blogging or livestreaming each day, and THAT is something I’ve managed to do. It’s not as obvious or public as daily posts, but with some help I’ve gotten my new mic setup running and tested. Also with help, I’m looking into options that should help the video quality of my streams. It’s rather awesome for a number of reasons, not least of which is I’d been meaning to get to some of this stuff for a while. Also for other reasons. 🙂
I prepped a post about CONvergence last week, so that’ll go up as soon as I get a chance to regather my thoughts. If I’m awake at all later tonight, I’ll be livestreaming – and if not, I should be doing more Soon™. Beyond the Veil will be back from our summer break next Thursday, and I’ll get back in the habit of posting links to the show here.
In closing, have a pic of Loki soon after his bath the other day. Because puppers.
Curious about #Blaugust? Visit the Blaugust Initiative page, and then head over to the Nook to see what everyone else is up to. Or check out #Blaugust2016 on social media.
Wow, it’s really been a whole year since last Blaugust.
Blaugust, for those who don’t know, is an August blogging initiative started by Belghast over at Tales of the Aggronaut. While the big goal has previously been to post a substantive post (or vlog) for each day of August, this year it’s focused on what the point of it all was supposed to be. Building community, and the benefits of regularly posting content on some sort of schedule. You can read his thoughts in more detail on his recent post, A Chill Blaugust.
I participated and…I hate to say “won.” I *completed* my Blaugust 2015 goal of posting each day. Those posts can be found here, under the #Blaugust2015 tag. I’m still rather proud of some of them. Continue Reading
[Pics taken from the CONvergence website, I do not own them.]
*insert joke about how dusty the blog is*
I always underestimate how much energy it takes to start a new job, especially if it’s a management position in a new company. (Means you’re often trying to manage other people while still learning the policies and norms of the company!) I’m very lucky to have a great team, my bosses included, but I suspect my silence here is a pretty good indicator of how tiring the last six months have been. Not necessarily tiring in a bad way…just tiring.
I think I’m at a point now where I can start to remember what I learned last Blaugust – sometimes it’s more important to get your words on the blog than to fret about how perfect they are.
[For those who don’t know, I’ve continued to be active on the Beyond the Veil podcast/livestream. Still talking The Secret World news most Thursday nights. I’ve also managed at least a couple streams with Otterdown, though lagging on my own streams. I’ve got all kinds of backlog on TSW and other games, but that’s not what I wanted to talk about tonight.]
If you follow me on social media, you may have caught me gushing about the scifi/fantasy con I’m going to this weekend. It’s exciting for me, personally, because I’ll be seeing some people I haven’t seen in a long time – some of them for nearly a decade. And because it’s a pretty kick ass four days of assorted geekery. (OMG panel about The Phantom Tollbooth!!! <3)
I would be excited about CONvergence (CVG) for the obvious reasons alone, but I’ve always been proud of our con here for extra reasons. They have been putting real effort, for years, into being a safe place for everyone. I was going to talk about why each of these things are good and important…but you know what? This is an informal blog, writing while tired. Take as truth that the things I list are important to me. (Though if I miss something that doesn’t mean it’s not important.) Continue Reading
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,600 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.
Click here to see the complete report.
(“Fairytale of New York,” always my favorite holiday song. Though I think The Tim Malloys cover it best.)
Holy crap, it’s New Year’s Eve, how did that happen?! I’ve been fighting a nasty headache all day – go fig – so we’ll see how coherent I am.
It’s been a crazy, wonderful, and tiring year for me. I started this blog New Year’s Day 2015, and soon afterwards I successfully auditioned for Beyond the Veil. I never expected so many people to follow my blog, nor to meet so many new friends and fellow bloggers. I didn’t fully realize I’d be meeting devs from The Secret World and so many amazing people in the TSW community through BTV. For someone who can be rather asocial when it comes to gaming, my gaming social circle exploded this year. 🙂
I managed the best year yet for Extra Life, not only in donations but in pure fun while running with Otterdown and other friends in TSW. Thanks to a computer upgrade, I was able host my own livestream – something I’ve been wanting to get back to for a long time, and not just for Extra Life. The stream is up on Youtube, hopefully soon to be one of many. Continue Reading
Well, I haven’t actually been dead; but close enough. This blog hasn’t been the only thing to get neglected as I run from one job to the other, but it’s on the list of things I miss very much. With a cancelled appointment this afternoon, I have a few minutes to at least post a brief update. Continue Reading
I’ve been game swapping quite a bit lately. I think it’s mostly because of the new computer, and being able to run games on much better settings. Having a computer that will run games better (and not run the fan so loud I fear it will explode) adds a lot to even games I’ve already played.
I put a good bunch of hours into The Talos Principle before taking a break from it. I really only paused because I had a few exhausted nights in a row. As much as I can play puzzle games while tired, it’s not the most fun thing in the world. I started up a new character in Skyrim, and we’ll see if I get farther than usual this time. I tend to get distracted by sidemissions and collecting alchemy materials, and then never complete the actual story.
In the world of adulting, I’ve canceled my subs to DCUO and FFXIV for now. I still enjoy both games, especially FFXIV, I just can’t justify a subscription for a game I’m rarely playing. I can always resub when I feel the need. This is one of the reasons I got a lifetime membership to The Secret World – I can spend less money in the Item Shop, but never have to justify the money for a sub.
I’m also in the process of picking up a second job, which may well affect my posting for a while. I’ve juggled multiple jobs before without too much trouble, though, and I’d love to make more headway on some old student loans hanging over my head. Real life always comes first, and the folks I most enjoy gaming with tend to agree.
I’m looking forward to Funcom’s upcoming game, The Park, this month and Halloween in TSW. No one does Halloween like TSW does! Gameday for Extra Life is coming up in November, and I intend to reserve time off for that no matter how many jobs I’m working. I preordered Fallout 4, and I’m sure I’ll be posting about that once it’s out.
With luck I’ll have some more freetime later this week, and will be able to post something more substantial!
First, I find it super amusing that Tuesday seems to be my guaranteed day to post. My other posts seem to switch days depending on my schedule, but I always seem to feel like writing on Tuesday. I wanted to use September to experiment with a schedule somewhere between the Blaugust daily posting and the once-a-week posting I’d fallen into. I’ll see if I can get more consistent days in October, but we’ll see what happens!
I don’t have much gaming to discuss because I haven’t been able to do much for about a week. Work was a string of crazy days involving massive pallets of kitty litter and countless small children at various stages of “behaving” visiting the shelter. Then I got home from work Sunday (my Friday) to discover my computer wouldn’t wake up. Continue Reading
What a week! I’d like to apologize for the lack of content – it’s mostly due to two things:
1) I’ve been doing a lot of cleaning when I’m not working. While most people do Spring Cleaning, I sometimes get an overwhelming urge to clean, straighten, and rearrange in the fall. I have 17 grocery bags full of books to donate, if that gives you any idea.
2) My computer has been a bit wonky, most likely Windows 10 bugs since the computer itself is so new. I think I have them squashed for now, but it involved a clean install and all the time and hassle that entails.
I have another piece almost ready (We had an amazing Beyond the Veil show last week, with an NPC suddenly “coming to life” and interacting with us thanks to our awesome dev team), but in the meantime I have links to other projects!
The piece I wrote for the Extra Life gaming community went live last Friday! It’s been a long time since I wrote for someone I didn’t know and who was editing my work. I’m still so pleased to get the chance to write it, and look forward to possibly writing more for them in the future. If you missed my posts on social media, you can find the article at http://community.extra-life.org/articles.html/communitycontent/how-extra-life-helped-me-find-my-voice-r58/.
Jennet, of OtterDown and The Secret World fame, has put together a trailer for Extra Life 2015! She kindly let me in on the fun, and the filming this morning was full of glorious flailing. “Sorry, I fell into a me-sized hole and almost got eaten, what were you saying?”
In other news, it looks like I’ll be hosting this week’s Beyond the Veil show, which should also be a great time.
With luck I’ll have time to get my other post up tomorrow!